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Describing Simple Data Access Services
Version 1.0

IVOA Working Draft 13 May 2011

Interest/Working Group:
Raymond Plante, Jesus Delago, Paul Harrison, Doug Tody, and the IVOA Registry Working Group
Raymond Plante


An application that queries or consumes descriptions of VO resources must be able to recognize a resource's support for standard IVOA protocols. This specification describes how to describe a services that supports four fundemental data access protocols--Simple Cone Search (SCS), Simple Image Access (SIA), Simple Spectral Access (SSA), Simple Line Access (SLA)--using the VOResource XML encoding standard. A key part of this specification is the set of VOResource XML extension schemas that define new metadata that are specific to those protocols. This document describes in particular rules for describing such services within the context of IVOA Registries and data discovery as well as the VO Stadard Interface (VOSI) and service self-description. In particular, this document spells out the essential mark-up needed to identify support for a standard protocol and the base URL required to access the interface that supports that protocol.

Status of this document

This is an IVOA Working Draft for review by IVOA members and other interested parties.
It is a draft document and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time.It is inappropriate to use IVOA Working Drafts as reference materials or to cite them as other than "work in progress".

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